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Dangerous RhythmWhy Movie Musicals Matter$
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Richard Barrios

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199973842

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973842.001.0001

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Dangerous Rhythm

Richard Barrios

Oxford University Press

What can make a musical a great film? Some answers may be found by looking at some of the genre’s most sublime specimens. From the opening scene of Love Me Tonight to the elegant balance of Gigi and astute calculation of The Sound of Music, there are numerous ways to captivate an audience and balance the song and dance and script. The best of the lot are timeless, like The Wizard of Oz, while the 1929 smash Gold Diggers of Broadway was so much of its era that it eventually vanished. As for Singin’ in the Rain, much of its triumph revolves around its shrewd awareness of its history, its genre, and its ancestors.

Keywords:   Love Me Tonight, Where’s Charley, The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain, Gigi, The Sound of Music, 42nd Street

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